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Migration and Citizenship


International migration has intensified significantly over the past three decades and has become the focus of public debates and policies in various regions of the world, including Europe. This raises the question of the necessity of a global governance of migration, since the phenomenon cannot be limited to the national level and affects the relationship between countries of departure, transit, and destination. The impact of international migration on national societies is complex: new practices of citizenship form, the interplay between governments and private companies changes, there is a reframing of collective belonging and membership, etc. To that extent, world migration renews classical international relations with the emergence of a new actor – the “migrant” – between states and markets.

With the launch of the Center for Migration and Citizenship in 2011, Ifri aimed at contributing to the study of migration as a structuring dimension of international relations and to analyze new forms of citizenship in an increasingly interdependent global society. The Center proposes to gain a new understanding of migration and diversity through an original methodology that involves, in a proactive and dynamic way, the main stakeholders and social actors concerned by the topic: institutions, policymakers, NGOs, private companies, migrants, and the inhabitants of the less favored neighborhoods. These groups constitute at the same time the target and the contributors to the center’s projects. 

Christophe BERTOSSI

Senior research fellow (PhD Habil.) and Director of the Center for Migration and Citizenship

Matthieu TARDIS

Research Fellow, Center for Migration and Citizenship


Associate Fellow, Center for Migration and Citizenship

Since its ground-breaking research on the enlisting of French citizens with an immigrant background into the French armed forces in 2003-5, the center’s research team has studied the processes of social change driven by ethnocultural diversity within state institutions. The Center has hereby...
The 2014 EU elections illustrated a strong increase of xenophobic, racist and anti-European attitudes among European citizens, and a crisis of the values of citizenship. Since the Summer 2015, the "refugee crisis" has deeply challenged the solidarity between EU member states and the Schengen area...
By: Thomas GOMART, Marc HECKER, (eds.)

How can we define Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy since he took office? After Nicolas Sarkozy’s brazen style of “gutsy diplomacy” and François Hollande’s “normal diplomacy”, the eighth president of the Fifth Republic seems to have opted for an agile classicism. In substance, he makes no claim...


In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.

By: Christophe BERTOSSI, Matthieu TARDIS, Patrick KLUGMAN, Georges DERTILIS, Catherine PERRON, Evelyne RIBERT, Philip RUDGE

Contrary to other immigration societies such as the United States, Canada or Australia, migrations is not a core element of European narratives on shared identity. Each country maintains a very particular understanding of his migratory past and on the extent to which it should become part of...


What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...


Movements of African people, being within their countries, on the continent or heading Europe, have numerous and ancient causes. The term “migration” covers a plurality of situations with many internal as well as international implications. Therefore, reasons to migrate deserve a careful...

Wednesday 25 January 2017
from 09:30 to 11:30 - Ifri Conferences

Local democracy is at the forefront of the challenges facing the EU today. In a context of growing socio-economic difficulties and attacks against the values of citizenship, what can local representatives do in order to support the participation and inclusion of all the citizens? ...

Monday 14 November 2016
from 09:30 to 17:30 - Ifri Conferences

The striking rise in the arrivals of refugees and migrants in 2015 shed light on many shortcomings in offering a shared vision of the right of asylum in Europe. If Europe has a longstanding and rich history of migration that has contributed to shape the continent, the memory of this history is...

Wednesday 08 June 2016
from 17:30 to 19:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Being both the country of refuge and of transit, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey plays a key-role in the Syrian refugee crisis. The agreement between Brussels and Ankara to manage the flow of migrants, signed with German approval, caused much debate. It also pushed the question of Turkey’s...

Monday 25 April 2016
from 14:30 to 17:00

Europe has a longstanding history of migration that has contributed to shape the continent. However, memory of this history is hardly referred to in the debates concerning asylum and migration issues today.Europe has a longstanding history of migration that has contributed to shape the...

Friday 04 March 2016
from 14:00 to 18:00 - Ifri Conferences

Citizens’ participation seems to be challenged by a decade of severe economic and financial crisis while nationalistic and xenophobic divisions are tearing Europeans apart. On the other hand, innovations and new forms of civic participation seem also to emerge and the “refugee crisis” has...

Wednesday 25 November 2015
from 09:00 to 16:30 - Ifri Conferences

Humanitarian disaster, xenophobic feelings and security threats: refugees are at the core of European debates in 2015. The refugee situation is underlining deep discrepancies among and weaknesses of Europeans towards conflicts around the world and a shared project for the EU. How far will...